Marika Linntam

Director General of the Department for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Estonia

Marika Linntam works at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is Director General of the Europe Department, responsible for bilateral relations as well as general European Union issues, including Brexit coordination in Estonia.

At the Ministry since 2001, she has devoted her career to EU issues, first during the preparations for Estonia’s accession to the EU and then during Estonia’s 15 years of Membership. During this time Marika Linntam has worked on EU reform, represented Estonia before the EU Court of Justice, and as Antici assured the coordination across different policy fields in the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU. For her contribution to the preparations and running of Estonia’s first-ever Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2017, the President of Estonia awarded her the Order of the White Star (5th class).

Marika Linntam has a law degree from the University of Tartu in Estonia and a master’s degree in EU law from the University of Rennes I in France. She has herself lectured and given seminars on EU competences and decision-making.